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About Abbas el-Akkad Abbas Mahmud al-Aqqad ‘Abbās Maḥmūd al-‘Aqqād (Arabic: عباس محمود العقاد‎) (June 28, 1889–March 12, 1964) was an Egyptian writer. Biography Al-Aqqad was born in Aswan, a city in Upper Egypt, in 1889. He received little formal education, completing only his elementary education. Unlike his schoolmates, he spent all his weekly allowance on books. He read about religion, geography, history and many other subjects. He was known for his excellent English and French. He wrote more than 100 books about philosophy, religion, and poetry. He founded a poetry school with Ibrahim Al-Mazny and Abdel Rahman Shokry called Al-Diwan. He died in 1964 in Cairo. His most famous works were al-'Abkariat, Allah, and Sarah. Some of his books were translated into English. Al-Aqqad was known for his use of flowery and complicated prose. Romantic Relationships Al-Aqqad experienced had two major romantic relationships in his life. The first was with a Christian Lebanese lady, whom he called "Sarah" in his novel of the same name. The second was with the famous Egyptian actress Madiha Yusri. This relationship was ended by al-Aqqad himself, because of Yusri's career as an actress. Al-Aqqad wrote a poetry work about this relationship called Cyclones of a Sunset (A-Asiru Maghrib in Arabic). It was reported by prolific Egyptian author Anis Mansour and various other attendees of Al-Aqqad's famous 'lounge' that he kept a painting in his bedroom that displayed a beautiful cake with cockroaches crawling over it. Supposedly, Al-Aqqad kept this in his room as 'the first thing he looked at in the morning and the last thing he saw in the evening'. It symbolized beauty and purity (the cake) that is wasted to the glamor of spotlights (the cockroaches) as was the case (as he perceived) with actress Madiha Yusri.

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Egypt Writers & Authors Ranking

Rank Person Name Total
8. Nabil Farouk 203
9. Ihsan Abdel Quddous 186
10. Ayman Zohry 170
11. Belal Fadl 108
12. Abbas el-Akkad 48
13. Anis Mansour 39
14. A. Wahab Elmessiri 13
15. Salah Jahin 12
16. Pop Shenoda III 10

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342. Petre Ispirescu 10
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344. Melo Neto 48
345. Abbas el-Akkad 48
346. Katip Çelebi 48
349. Mevlana 47